Melody Thomas Scott has played Nikki on The Young and the Restless for 40 years. She celebrated that milestone with an appearance on The Talk and also honored the life of her friend, Kristoff St. John (Neil), who recently passed away.
Thomas Scott’s iconic character’s pairing with Victor (Eric Braeden) allowed Y&R’s greatest couple of all-time, ‘Niktor’, to form. Together, she and Braeden have gone on to project on-screen chemistry that remains rooted in collegiality.
Young And The Restless – Celebrating A Milestone
Surviving for an extensive length of time in any part of the entertainment industry is something most actors hope to achieve. While this actor is most recognized for her role as Nikki, Thomas Scott’s career began in 1964, when she played a young Marnie in the movie of the same name.
Y&R’s reigning leading lady has an extensive professional resume, appearing in various television series including: Wagon Train, Ironside, The Waltons, Charlie’s Angels, The Rockford Files, Eight Is Enough, Diagnosis Murder, and Castle. She’s also had roles in various feature films, most notably The Shootist, which was John Wayne’s final big screen appearance.
Melody Thomas married Edward Scott in 1985, who was a producer on Y&R at the time. He advanced to the show’s executive producer and later, supervising producer. Scott has been serving as the supervising producer of Y&R’s spinoff show, ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’, since 2011.
Young And The Restless – Thomas Scott Speaks Of Kristoff St. John
Thoughtful fans know that Thomas Scott’s intelligence, application of talent, and personal persistence propelled her career before she met and married her husband, who was a one-time decision-maker on the show. They also know that those same three factors, intelligence, application of talent, and persistence have also enabled her to maintain and sustain the success she’s fully earned.
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Thomas Scott’s response to St. John’s passing on The Talk was very touching. Anyone who’s unexpectedly lost a loved one could surely relate to the grief that she and her cast mates, along with all who cared for St. John are handling as best they can. Most notably, Thomas Scott focused on the positive elements of her friend’s life, which affirmed true class.
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